May 22 2015

Newsflash: CIA Torture Report to Remain Secret, OECD Report on Inequality, Baltimore Officers Indicted by Grand Jury

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Uprising’s guest expert Arun Gupta is a Journalist and regular contributor to the Guardian, In These Times, The Progressive, and Truthout, analyzes today’s news headlines:

Months after a national scandal erupted over the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s Bush-era torture tactics, a federal judge has ruled that the details of the report will remain secret. Of the 7000-page report, only the 480-page Executive Summary has so far been released to the public, and that document was seriously damning. The judge effectively ruled that Congress has the right to keep things secret from the public, and since the Senate is now dominated by the GOP, their choice for secrecy has been declared constitutional. But it’s not just the Republican presidency of Bush that has the stench of war crimes. The Pentagon admitted this week that Obama’s war on Syria likely killed civilians, in particular children. And, a new Amnesty International Report just detailed widespread torture among both sides of the Ukraine conflict, including the US-backed Ukrainian government forces. Click HERE for an RT.com and HERE for a The Guardian article on this story.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) just released a report concluding that income inequality is so high globally that it is actually damaging economic growth. The OECD, a think tank based in Paris, specifically found that two fifths of the populations of rich nations have seen no financial gains over the past few decades. Specifically the group said, “When such a large group in the population gains so little from economic growth, the social fabric frays and trust in institutions is weakened.” The US is especially stark in how high inequality is between the top 10% and bottom 10% of earners, double the average among developed nations. The report, entitled In It Together: Why Less Inequality Benefits All, suggests addressing gender inequality in the work place, and raising taxes on the wealthy among its recommendations. Click HERE for a WSJ.com and HERE for the OECD report.

And finally, the six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, have all been indicted by a grand jury, after they were charged by the State’s Attorney’s office earlier this month. While some of the initial charges were dropped, in particular false arrest, the most significant ones of involuntary manslaughter and second-degree murder remained intact. The jury added charges of reckless endangerment. the same time that this is playing out in Baltimore, the city has been wracked by violent crime, while arrests are at an all-time low. Some have speculated that the Baltimore police might be intentionally engaged in a work slowdown, as the New York police did, in the wake of protests and political fallout over the killing of Eric Garner. Baltimore police commissioner Anthony Batts denied rumors of a slowdown, instead blaming the public for monitoring officers too closely with cameras. Click HERE for a WashingtonPost.com and HERE for a TheDailyBeast.com article on this story.

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